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Francona Apologizes to Team Following 9th Inning Bullpen Miscue in Indians Loss to Reds

CLEVELAND – It was a sleepless night to say the least for Indians manager Terry Francona.

The Tribe skipper didn’t get much shuteye into Wednesday morning as he thought long and hard about the mistake that basically cost his team what looked to be a sure win as they turned a 4-0 ninth inning lead into a stunning 7-4 loss to Cincinnati at Progressive Field.

The well documented mistake occurred when there was a miscommunication between he and pitching coach Carl Willis, and with Joey Votto up and the bases loaded with two outs in the 9th, the team trotted out righty Dan Otero instead of lefty Oliver Perez.

The result was a three-run double that gave the Reds a 6-4 lead in their eventual 7-4 win.

Today Francona in his daily briefing to the media stated that he held a team meeting, and much like he did talking to the media after the loss took full responsibility for the mistake that eventually saw Otero enter the game and not Perez.

The manager also went on to say that he barely slept, something not so surprising based on how things played out in the setback, the fourth straight for the Tribe.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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